USA congressman officially calls for Trump impeachment

A top Democratic House member on Wednesday warned of the rush to call for President Trump's impeachment as the "most extraordinary remedy" but recommended an independent commission to examine Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation during the election.

The process is spelled out in the Constitution: Article II, Section 4 specifies that "the President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors".

A Paddy Power spokesman told me they've slashed the odds on Trump being impeached from 10/1 at the time of inauguration.

"This is where I stand", Green exclaimed.

In Trump's case specifically, a popular argument for impeachment revolves around the potential charge of obstruction of justice.

Green tweeted on Wednesday morning that "on the flood of the Congress of the United States of America, I will call for the Impeachment of the President".

Congressman Al Green has called for the impeachment of President Trump.

The simple majority necessary to impeach in the House of Representatives, as well as the two-thirds majority that is required to convict in the Senate, can be achieved with the support of most or all Democrats and a minority of Republicans.

The survey from Public Policy Polling (PPP)-a company that does public polls as well as polling for Democratic candidates-found that 48 percent of voters support impeaching Trump while 41 percent do not.

The President has the utmost respect for the law enforcement agencies, and all investigations, the White House said, adding that this is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the President and Comey.

Just 19 people - two presidents, one senator, one secretary of war and 15 judges - have been impeached by the House and tried in the Senate.

However, the House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said that he has full confidence in Trump. He said he had not discussed impeachment with anyone else in Congress.

Even 10 days ago, before Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, few party officials had even considered such a dramatic move, which has happened only twice in American history.

The White House has denied the allegations of obstruction of justice. The articles of impeachment against Trump might look remarkably similar to those levied against Nixon and Clinton.

Trump has suffered from consistently low approval ratings since taking office, never edging much above 40 percent, according to Gallup.

Though Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson were impeached in the House, the Guardian's Tom McCarthy notes that acquittal found them both once proceedings hit the Senate.

The pressure is mounting to remove Trump from office.

  • Zachary Reyes